The role of the Board of Trustees is to make sure that the Children’s Bereavement Centre operates safely, manages its finances effectively and to set the strategic direction of the organisation. The Chair of the Board works with the Director to make sure the Children’s Bereavement Centre is working as well as it can to deliver the best services for families who have experienced a bereavement or loss.

Andrew Watson – Chair of Trustees

Andrew joined the CBC as a Trustee in 2015 becoming Vice Chair in November 2017.  Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with experience in a diverse range industries and business situations.  Over the last 10 years he has held a number of senior management and Board positions with a focus not only on financial performance and compliance but also increasingly on strategic business development. Having lived in the area all his life he is fully aware of the valuable role that the CBC plays in the local community.  Andrew is committed to ensuring that the organisation builds on its strengths to deliver its much needed services.

Simon Shaw – Treasurer

Simon has been a Trustee and Treasurer of the charity since its formation in 2003.  During this time Simon has seen many changes in the charity as it continues to develop its services.  Simon is a partner in a leading local accountants firm and brings his business expertise to the operation of the charity.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Newark as well as helping other local charity and business groups on a voluntary basis.

Julia Percy RGN – Trustee

Julia started working with the founder of the charity in 2007 in her professional role as a nurse at a local school.  They worked together supporting many students age 7-18 years of age with various bereavement needs.  The charity rapidly grew and demand for this vital work was high.  There was a need for more support and vision at senior management committee level so Julia decided to volunteer for the Children’s Bereavement Centre and bring her skills to a cause she is passionate about.  Julia trained as a nurse in 1984 at St James University Hospital, Leeds and worked in A&E, then specialised in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery being Senior Sister of the unit at Killingbeck Hospital.  Julia then further trained in counselling, specialising in teenage bereavement issues and worked with Cruse Bereavement in Leeds for many years on their steering committee and set up the Leeds branch of Cruse.

Sue Leadbeater – Trustee

Sue became aware of the CBC some years ago in her role as a solicitor being a Family Law specialist dealing with all issues from the breakdown of relationships.  Sue actively sought out some advice about bereavement services the charity offered when her own children’s father died.

Amy Codd – Trustee

Amy is a private client solicitor in Newark and lives locally with her husband and children.  She became involved with the Children’s Bereavement Centre after her mum died six years ago when her children came to the CBC to make memory books and chat about their individual loss of a dear Nana.

“At a time when I was unable to help them with their grief, they came and made the most treasured memory books, talked about their sadness and laughed at special memories, all in the most perfect surroundings.  I can never hope to put into words what that meant to me and my family. It is so important for me to be involved and give something back if I can.”

Caroline Lawrenson – Trustee

Caro is a retired GP who worked in the Newark area for over 40 years and has referred families to the CBC since its inception.  She found that the positive feedback from those referred, both children and their parents/carers, made her realise what a valuable service the charity provides. She did some fundraising in 2017 and following this contact she felt she could contribute to the charity as a volunteer and Trustee adding her medical experience to the team.

Caroline Borrett – Trustee

After qualifying as a Social Worker, Caroline undertook a post graduate course in Non-Directive Play Therapy at York University and later gained a qualification in Filial Therapy. She has worked as a supervisor with Childline and as a play therapist with C.A.M.H.S, social care, schools, fostering and adoption agencies. Her direct work with children has centred on attachment, child abuse, bereavement and group work in schools with children experiencing loss or family change. Before retiring Caroline was a member of the British Association of Play Therapists and was an approved play therapy and filial therapy supervisor. She was initially engaged by the CBC over 10 years ago as a supervisor to their full time play therapist and on retiring she felt she wanted to continue to offer her clinical skills to the board of Trustees.

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